Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 15:03:44 MST
From: Renee Buchanan [RBUCHAN@ssb1.saff.utah.edu]
University of Utah
Hydrology: Civil and Environmental Engineering 452
Dr. Rand Decker
This course is taken by all Civil Engineerin students during their
junior year. Its content is dominated by the study of design and
analysis skills for natural and engineered surface and ground water
- Students in the class provide a needed service: Students will be
working in the areas of hydrology and water resources in the
classroom. In the community, they will be providing needed services
to such agencies as: the Utah Department of Transportation (which
manages polluted water runoff from highways); State Department of
Environmental Quality (which monitors and manages water quality in
the state of Utah).
- Service experience relates to the subject matter of the course:
The course content is dominated by the study of design and analysis
skills for natural and engineered surface and ground water systems.
The service experience with the agencies mentioned above will allow
the students to apply these skills.
- Activities in the class provide a method for students to think
about what they learned through the service experience and how these
learning relate to the subject of the class: The students will have
in-class reflection and assignments of topics for discussion that
allow for students to discuss what they've learned through the
service and how it relates to the curriculum.
- Course offers a method to assess the learning derived from the
service: Students will be graded on such things as student
participation in class discussions that are sparked from their
- Service interactions in the community recognize the needs of
service recipients and offer an opportunity to be involved in the
evaluation of the service; The service recipients will be asked to
participate in evaluating the effectiveness of the students.
- The service opportunities are aimed at the development of the
civic education of students: Students involved in the service will
discuss their leanings in reflection sessions. Part of what they
will discuss is why it is important for all citizens to be involved
in their communities in a democracy.
- Knowledge from the discipline informs the service experiences
with which the students are involved: The service experiences will
derive from the area of Hydrology and, hence will inform and support
the knowledge and academic objectives of the class.
- The class offers a way to learn form other class member:
Reflection sessions will be held to discuss what students are
learning from the service and how it applies to the curriculum.